When someone suggested that I write a personal story for this issue of Source Points, I said, “Moi?” I realized that I don’t do a lot of personal sharing and it gave me a chance to reflect.
Why am I so passionate and committed to people living the life they love? What is it that has me be unrelenting in standing for people to take their lives on to the next level?
What came to me was the stand that my parents took for me.
My parents escaped from Russia during World War II and managed to immigrate, against all odds, to the United States when I was five-years-old. They were in their early 40’s, and more than anything, they wanted their children to experience “the land of milk and honey.” The commitment that they demonstrated was beyond belief, even considering that their level of trust (although understandable) was minimal and communication was challenging. Their Russian-to-English translations left a lot to be desired! So I experienced a very wobbly relationship with them for many years until I truly came to realize the extraordinary stand they took. They were willing to do whatever it took, so that I could have a better life. So, how can I not be a powerful stand for others?
There were many lessons I learned and events I experienced as a result of my parent’s relentless commitment to live in America. As years have gone by, my “wobbly-ness” has turned into great gratitude.
In Certified Relationship Coach Training, we study the three-legged stool concept — commitment, trust and communication — which relationships need in order to be balanced, and not wobbly. We also take on being in ownership as well as embracing all events that have occurred in our lives. These are all critical ingredients to live the life you love. And when you have that, you’re in your very own “land of milk and honey.”
Lou Dozier, Co-Founder, Source Point Training